Steampunk Hands Around the World is going into its fifth year and this year’s theme is „Road Trip“.
So, I have taken the opportunity to introduce you to a small number of locations which a Steampunk may want to visit in Germany. The road trip map turned out looking like that and even includes automatic locations for sleepovers:
And these are the locations I am talking about in the podcast. Of course, the list is woefully incomplete:
I went to watch The Last Jedi a few days ago and enjoyed it immensely. Others did not. In fact, I have seen a petition being shared on the web that calls for the elimination of The Last Jedi from the official canon. Although I do not wonder why, as I make clear in the podcast, I find the notion alone, that someone would start such a petition, highly irritating.
In fact, the petition is the main reason why I chose this topic for my 49th episode, it is a bit of a rant but enjoy anyway. And: Happy hollidays, merry christmas, have a cool yule or whatever you prefer!
„It’s OK to be different!“ is one of those lines you find a lot in geeky/nerdy/dark (or a mix of things) subcultures. Unfortunately there is / was a time in the life of each of, well, us, when we found out we were different but had not yet connected with like-minded people.
For some of us it was relatively easy to find people because of sheer luck or because they grew up in an environment where being different was actively encouraged. Personally, I was lucky enough to find people interested in RPGs in my class. For others, it was and is not that easy.
Strangely, I think the age of the internet has made it more difficult to find a niche and take root, if you are different from your peers. I will explain more in the podcast, please enjoy!
After a longer break than I had anticipated it is finally time for the next episode of the Non-Euclidean Æthercast.
This one is on the double-bladed side of things. The first part is a bit of a rant about being a geek and a teacher and how pupils perceive you and how their gender colours the perception. I rant a bit because I had something related to the fake-geek-girl phenomenon happening (as an observer, mind you).
The second part is about my experience with the absolutely awesome Zombies, run! Halloween race. SPOILER ALERT!
In times like these, when the majority of billionaires use their money to bribe invest into the careers of politicians, especially if those billionaires are connected to the coal, gas, and oil industries and do not give a damn of what happens after they have lived out their lives, it is good to see a super-rich individual like Elon Musk.
Elon Musk is a visionary who uses his wealth and genius to bring humanity forward and pushes the boundaries of what a private person can achieve. Tesla Motors, SolarCity and of course SpaceX are only some of the examples where Musk turned his visions into reality and also did something that helps humanity in the present and more importantly in the future.
Of all the billionaires alive today, Elon Musk is the one most likely to turn into Batman, which is the topic of today’s podcast.
An unbroken line of four years and four podcast episodes (small hurray)!
I went to the RPC in Cologne four the fourths time this year and again, it was epic! This time I think I also broke my personal record of legwork on a convention, since I walked around for about 6-7 hours straight.
So, here is my happy-rant recap of the event (day one anyway). Please enjoy!
Today’s Non-Euclidean Æthercast is a happy rant about my experiences as a teacher when you teach children who are also gamers and cosplayers.
All in all it is a win-win: Pupils are more attentive if they like a teacher and a teacher sharing their hobbies is (as far as my experience goes) more likable and also approachable. Case in point: A number of my pupils have added me to their list of friends on Steam.
And this is Jukedeck I was talking about concerning the background music. (yes, I actually said juckebox in the podcast, I know and noticed it too late…)
In today’s episode of the Non-Euclidean Æthercast I have the great pleasure of chatting with one of my oldest international contacts in the Steampunk scene: Jo Lima from Portugal. Since we have known each other for quite a while, a lot has happened and Jo is no longer active in the Portuguese Steampunk scene.
Real life has „forced“ her to become a planetary scientist (to my everlasting envy) and she is currently working on her PhD thesis in Madrid.
Our chat mainly concerns astronomy and planetary science, please enjoy!
This has been a long time coming and I am actually a little bit confused about why it did not happen earlier, but here it is: I have the great pleasure of welcoming my favourite contemporary author, Lavie Tidhar, for an interview and chat about a lot of things in my podcast.
Both novels are mentioned in the podcast, as well as their respective genesis. Other topics of the interview are: A most mysterious project (only hinted at), the difficulties of publishing novels with controversial plots, and how the reception of Lavie’s works differ from country to country.
Just have a listen yourselves!
Photographs by Kevin Nixon. (c) Future Publishing 2013,
A few weeks back I already posted the trailer of the graphic novel series Rayven Choi, featuring the eponymous super heroine who is out to hunt the people who killed her parents. Sounds a bit like Batman, but it is not. Obviously, the hero is a lady and Rayven Choi is also not a billionaire but poor and not least of all, she is black.
So we have a graphic novel featuring a poor black super heroine which is something I have not seen in comics at all. Luckily, after featuring Rayven Choi I was contacted by the author of Rayven Choi and director of the trailer I featured, Shequeta Smith, and she offered to be a guest on my podcast.
I of course took the opportunity, and as you can hear in the podcast above, we had a really fun chat and I am hoping we get to meet during the planned European tour.
Also, hee is the review of the grahic novel which I begin by featuring some of the pages of the first book in the series:
As you can see, the artwork is top-notch, it is also the only thing that is not quite to my taste. I am a fan of Neil Gaiman’s Sandman series and prefer the style used in this series and its spin-offs. Still, the artwork is dynamic, realistic and really helps carry the feel of the story along. The story itself is an action-packed mix of spy-thriller, murder mystery, and also enough basic real-life troubles, something you do not find often in superhero comics, which makes Rayven Choi really relatable to as a heroine. Bonus: Since Rayven Choi is from the US but grows up in South Korea, there is a strong multi-cultural flavour to it, which adds to the overall quality of the reading experience.
All in all, after finishing the first book, I am also getting al the other five in the series.
Nine out of ten bullets with vengeance written on them.